The original asking price for the Anaheim Angels was
some $300 million. When they were sold last week to
Arturo Moreno, it was for considerably less than that:
$180 million. That selling price, writes Eric Fisher
of the Washington Times, could heavily influence how
much new owners should pay Major League Baseball to
take possession of the league-owned Expos. MLB paid
$120 for the Expos and one must wonder if they are
even worth two-thirds of that at this point.
It is against baseball's rules for players and
executives under contract to announce a desire to work
for a different organization. Conversely, it is
against the rules for teams to let it be known they
covet those under contract to a different franchise.
There are no such rules governing reporters, however,
and here is one who thinks that Giants general manager
Brian Sabean would look good sitting behind a desk at
Shea Stadium. Is that even a factor here, though?
Lawrence Rocca of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that
Sabean is working the 2003 season on a handshake deal
and he suggests the Mets might make a big play for him
after axing current GM Steve Phillips at the end of
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